Wednesday, 24 November 2010

OLD ENGLANDS' CHOP SHOPS




9 comments:

adam@italianmotor said...

MCS are still there. Ted who ran it was a right old miserable bugger always with a fag on but a proper old character. I worked as a gopher for a motorcycle shop about 17 years ago and it was on my way to MCS to pick up Triumph spares that I was knocked off my Guzzi and knocked unconcious by someone - next thing I knew I was in Whipps Cross hospital. Sued the bastard though (bloke who knocked me off, not Ted)..

arcadian said...

Pete, that third ad pic of the chap on a bike is etched in my memory, was this part of a feature in a times mag on bikers? I was sixteen and in the art class, many moons ago, v early 70s.

Guy@GK said...

That chap is Sonny Barger...

Pete Stansfield said...

I hope they asked nicely before using it..
By the way i sent most of my last school days in the art room reading MCM and drawing choppers.

arcadian said...

Of course it was Guy.
My entry for O'level art was a chopper Pete, based on some stuff I think from the first 'Bike' Mag that my Dad printed at EMAP.

Pete Stansfield said...

Your dad printed Bike mag ! They were the best thing, MCM featured chops but didnt seem sure about whether they were a good thing or not, Bike loved 'em. There was a classic cover on one of the first issues of a guy with big hair sat astride a purple A10 chop, groovy stuff, i have a few issues but not that one.
Did you pass ?

arcadian said...

Yeah a pass Pete, dont think they were keen on choppers, only got a six, Should have done a bowl of flowers!

NomadK said...

Hi Pete that issue is number 2 i think.MCM used to feature a few bikes built by the Bespoke Buggy Company that ended up being owned by Guy Carter,reversed headed Triumph, and Tony Thacker,Enfield 750 chop, before they opened a shop called Big bike in New Cross.

Pete Stansfield said...

Right, yea ive seen lots of stuff in old mags about the Bespoke Buggy Co there is a write up on them in the Bike Chopper Special issue. All good stuff.